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GUEST EDITORIAL: Durbin should save lecture, revise tax codes to retain businesses

Delivering lectures on taxes others should pay isn't nearly as effective as revising the tax code.

August 01, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Income tax revenue isn't a catchall for new county spending

The lines just keep getting longer for sectors of local government begging for a piece of the revenue generated by the Lake County local option income tax.

July 15, 2014 12:00 am

'Stillinnoyed' ads exhort businesses to move to Indiana

Indiana appropriated Chicago's longtime The City that Works slogan for its A State that Works campaign, and now is going after Windy City businesses as well.

March 28, 2014 7:00 pm
MARC CHASE: Don't rob Peter to pay Pence tax cut

MARC CHASE: Don't rob Peter to pay Pence tax cut

Robbing Peter to pay Paul makes for a poor fiscal model, leaving Peter poorer and less apt to sustain a financially healthy populace.

December 17, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Think carefully before abolishing tax

In trying to make Indiana more business-friendly, Gov. Mike Pence said he would like to eliminate the personal property tax. It's a costly endeavor.

December 15, 2013 12:00 am

Indiana breaks into top 10 list for business tax climate

Indiana ranked 10th nationally in business tax climate, giving the Lone Star State a big Texas-sized boot out of the top 10 for the first time, according to a new report.

October 09, 2013 1:39 pm

EDITORIAL: 'No more borrowing' should be County Council mantra

The budgeting process continues in Lake County, and the Lake County Council is in a unique position this year to go beyond what is expected and pass a budget that includes no further borrowing.

September 13, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Time to give tax-and-spend culprits the pink slip

MARC CHASE: Time to give tax-and-spend culprits the pink slip

If you're an employer running a retail business and discover one of your cashiers mishandling the house take, you at least consider firing the employee, don't you?

September 05, 2013 12:00 am

Lake County officials ponder whether to borrow more again this year

CROWN POINT | This year, Lake County's budget-makers will have to struggle with prosperity.

September 03, 2013 12:04 am
Smart Tips for Your Tax Refund

Smart Tips for Your Tax Refund

Like any sudden in-flow of cash, your tax refund presents an opportunity to spend your money wisely or foolishly.

February 19, 2013 12:00 am
The charter school of thought

The charter school of thought

The debate over the federal deficit is going to involve a lot of rhetoric before the 2012 election is over, but numbers will be coming up, too. And so will charts based on the data.

May 12, 2011 5:42 pm Related
GUEST COMMENTARY: No consensus among public on federal deficit

GUEST COMMENTARY: No consensus among public on federal deficit

The federal budget deficit is enormous, and the national debt is growing. So the pollsters are asking the public what should be done. The latest poll I've seen was done for NBC and the Wall Street Journal at the end of February. I found it on the Web by searching "NBC deficit poll."

April 02, 2011 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Are voters ready for Daniels' solutions?

When U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar declared his candidacy for president on April 19, 1995, he offered an ambitious domestic policy goal: balancing the federal budget in seven years. Central to his vision was a plan to replace the national income tax with a retail sales tax and to drastically cut gove…

March 16, 2011 12:00 am

Cal City raises levy to benefit police, fire pensions

CALUMET CITY | The City Council approved a tax levy Monday to raise 4.9 percent more from local property owners to help fund pension programs for retired police officers and firefighters.

December 28, 2010 12:00 am

Shop online? You may owe state some money

SPRINGFIELD | If you shop online, you could be breaking Illinois law.

December 15, 2010 12:00 am

Orr calls for moratorium on TIFs

CHICAGO | Cook County Clerk David Orr on Tuesday called for a moratorium of new Chicago tax increment financing districts until new leadership is installed and a thorough review of existing TIFs can be conducted.

November 24, 2010 12:00 am
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